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Old Haberdashers clash is a must-win for Manor, says head coach

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 November 2018

Aaron Lowe crosses over for an Eton Manor try (pic: Martin Pearl).

Aaron Lowe crosses over for an Eton Manor try (pic: Martin Pearl).

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The New Wilderness club have lost four of their last five matches in the London One North

Jamie Connors has told Eton Manor this weekend’s game in the London One North at home to fifth in the table Old Haberdashers is a must-win.

A run of four defeats in five league matches has seen the New Wilderness club slip to seventh in the standings, but they are only two points away from Saturday’s opponents.

Nevertheless, Connors is keen for his team to get back on track after recent losses to Colchester, North Walsham, Old Priorians and leaders Rochford Hundred.

He said: “Old Haberdashers seem to be going pretty well this season and we have three tough games coming up (away to Amersham & Chiltern on December 8 and at H.A.C on December 15).

“We will be against teams who are quite even compared to us, so we are all similar and it will be a tough three weeks.

“Obviously Saturday is a huge game at home against Old Haberdashers and we have to win. It is a must-win.

“I looked at the table on Sunday and I thought blimey we are seventh! I don’t think we have ever been down in seventh since I have been coaching, so that was a bit of a shock, but it is what it is.

“We can only change that by getting a win on Saturday. The teams above us are only a point or two ahead, so we are looking forward to the game at the weekend.”

Manor suffered a 51-7 loss at leaders Rochford Hundred on Saturday, but Connors saw a lot of positives from the away side’s display.

Rhys Davis-Horne crossed over for a try with the extras added by Jack Emerson and at half time it was only 17-7.

Hundred managed to show their class in the end though, and ran in several late tries to add a bit of gloss to the score.

It made it back-to-back defeats for Manor after the 34-27 home reverse to Old Priorians on November 17, Connors said: “We definitely expected to win the Old Priorians game.

“We were upset and really annoyed. They scored two 80-metre intercepted tries, but it was a game we should have won and yet they took their chances and got more points on the board.

“We felt we should have won and that is the really disappointing thing because as a team we know we should have put them away.”

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